Immunity from Prosecution: Heads of State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the immunities given to heads of states from crimes committed in the UK.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Heads of State enjoy the same privileges and immunities as apply to the head of a diplomatic mission, as provided for by Section 20 of the State Immunity Act 1978, which we will give consideration to as part of our day to day business by reference to specific cases as they arise. Any waiver of the immunity must be made expressly by the sending States.

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